24 August 2009

CTS: Flame Retardant Eco-Composites

Biobased phenolic resins from cashew nut shells

CTS, specialists in materials such as bio-resins and flame retardant additives targeted at the composites and plastics industries, have recently established premises in Dayton, Ohio.

The company is working to develop new products and processes that support green technologies from hydrogen and natural gas fuelled vehicles and heavy-metal free flame retardants to the capability to extract resins from recycled natural resources.

CTS are currently working on several brands, such as Exaphen, which extracts phenolic resins from agricultural by-products such as cashew nut shells. The company claim that due to the properties of these resins they have excellent flame retardant qualities.

Nanofire, CTS’s second new product development, uses the nano-size lamellar particles found in natural and synthetic mineral clays as additives to replace heavy metals and other harmful chemicals in flame retardant applications. Nanofire products are especially formulated in combination with plasticizers for the PVC cable industry.

In addition to its own product developments, CTS claim they are capable of working with customers in the design, manufacturing and sales of advanced polymeric and composite materials.

CTS will also market products in North America that have been developed with Italian business partners CimtecLab, Sepma and VEM.

Source: Netcomposites, 2009-08-21.


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